“I had no other expectation,” he said. “I believe in this city. I believe in these players. I had no fear.”
Long after the victory, fans remained in the stands, reveling in the moment.
Katy Cowle and Carrie Duda grew up playing soccer together. Now 30, they started going to Atlanta United games shortly after the team formed. Cowle always knew the team “looked good,” but didn’t expect an MLS Cup this soon.
“I’m so excited I have somebody to root for in Atlanta,” Cowle said. “It’s miraculous. It’s always been possible, but this feels like a miracle.”
Atlanta United’s Miguel Almiron kisses the MLS Cup after a 2-0 victory over the Portland Timbers on Saturday, Dec 8, 2018, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Photo: Curtis Comptonemail@example.com)
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Amanda Coyne contributed to this article.
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